I don't take the easy way out. My success is achieved through accepting challenges and setting goals. I am good, but I know that good is not my ceiling. My best will be achieved through accepting criticism, seeking instruction, and committing to the process. I truly believe that softball has been and continues to be a huge part of my maturation. It has taught me to be a good person, show kindness, encourage those around you, accept differences, and compete fiercely for the best outcome for yourself, team, and people in your life.
These characteristics were not God given but developed through time. My parents never accepted excuses for poor performance. If I found myself on the bench they challenged me to evaluate why. Did I put in the hard work, was I being a good teammate, or was I focused on past events instead of the task at hand? You can't change the past, but you can influence your future. I watched my two older brothers embrace this philosophy and they ended up playing baseball at the collegiate level, succeeding academically and becoming leaders in there communities.
I know that I possess the desire and skills to compete, but I also have the character qualities that can make an immediate impact on a team, campus, and community.